Newcastle United are the latest team to make their interest in Burnley’s Dwight McNeil known.
According to the Sun, the Magpies are willing to turn their attention to the winger should a move for Leeds United’s Jack Harrison not materialise.
Eddie Howe’s club has already had an offer rejected for Harrison, with their Premier League rivals issuing a £35 million asking price for the 25-year old.
That could see Newcastle opt to chase a move for McNeil, who has been under intense transfer speculation this summer.
The Clarets return to action this weekend as their first Championship campaign in six years gets underway.
But with a more realistic asking price of £15 million, it could be possible that Friday night’s clash with Huddersfield Town will take place without the 22-year old.
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However, Newcastle face competition from the likes of West Ham, Crystal Palace and Everton in order to secure the services of the wide player.
McNeil had a difficult campaign last season, registering just one assist and zero goals as Burnley suffered relegation from the top flight.
But he is still considered a key member of the team, with the new season kicking off on July 29.
The asking price for McNeil is so much more reasonable than the one for Harrison, with the interesting tidbit being it could be the other way around if the two clubs’ fortunes last season were reversed.
But given both the sides’ situations at present, a deal for McNeil looks far more reasonable, even if Newcastle have a big transfer budget available.
McNeil is a bright young talent, with plenty of top flight experience at a potentially low cost relative to the market.
It would come as no surprise to see McNeil depart Burnley, although it may be a deal that edges itself closer to deadline day than it does the start of the season.